Above is the interior bulletin board version of the NaNoWriMo display I did in the glass case outside the library. I made those big typewriter letters a few years ago, using a silver Sharpie to outline them. I think I just did a Google image search for old-fashioned typewriter letter keys, and copied and pasted into a Word doc, then cropped and enlarged, etc. Really pretty easy.
|National Picture Book Month|
Our new District Librarian, Regina, who is awesome, reminded us all that November is National Picture Book Month, and if any of our libraries have cool picture books, now is the time to promote them. My high school actually has a lot of great picture books, which rarely get used because it's a high school, and because they're located in a far corner, facing the wall. I think the previous library staff purchased them for all the kids who are struggling at very low reading levels, but most of the time those kids are too embarrassed to check out Goodnight Moon or Bread & Jam For Frances.
I used three end-of-stacks display shelves that face out to showcase some of the better picture books I thought would interest our students. Funny ones, and classics, and ones that are geared toward older readers and are more "all ages."
For more info: nationalpicturebookmonth.com
|Staff Favorites Leaf Template|
(That's my hulking shadow looming across the page...)
We immediately started receiving filled-out leaves back, and started cutting them out and posting them on the end of a shelf, with a sign on top to explain what they are. Mom and I both did one, of course.
One of our library regulars already asked for the title I put on mine (The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey) and checked it out. :)
So... that's November so far!
I do love this season, and all things Halloween. Here are some pics of how I've decorated the library:
"Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality."
-Edgar Allan Poe
|The cylindrical display cabinet, which I keep unlocked so I can encourage kids to grab books out of it.|
The raven on top has a tag around its neck that says, "Nevermore."
|The "Coming Soon" whiteboard, festooned with glowing skulls.|
(And yes, we DO now have "Blood of Olympus.")
|Vintage 3D Halloween decorations|
|The green skulls are just clip art printed on colored paper, with orange paper flames, mounted against black paper.|
|I like this poster. It always makes me think of Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes."|
|These are the windows of my horrible little cave of an office.|